Monday 1 September 2008

The Dreadful Whiff of Self-Promotion

My story The Dreadful Guise of Red Berries is now available online at Allegory ezine.

Here is the blurb:

The story of an empty, flooded bog that's not so empty, filled as it is by monsters who take the faces of dead friends and relatives. "Just your conscience son, don't you pay it no thought."

And here are the other stories published this issue:

Pan, the Pirate by Christopher Schmitz
The Tomorrow Tree by Ty Drago
Ghost Writer by Tom Underhill
A Sense of Time and Place by Michael A. Heald
The Accidental Mime by Jenna Waterford
My War by Igor Teper
11 by Roland Allnach
One Blink for Yes by Margaret Karmazin

The story will be available online from September 1st to December 31st.


K.C. Shaw said...

Oh, cool! It sounds creepy and fun! Let's see...yes, I do have money in my Paypal account! muahahaha!

K.C. Shaw said...

Oh, even more cool! I didn't have to pay to read it. :) That was an excellent little story! Good job!

Cate Gardner said...

Oh how sweet that you would have paid to read it. Thanks for that :)

Jamie Eyberg said...

That was a creepy story. I could almost feel the bog water around my knees.

Cate Gardner said...

Thanks, Jamie :)

Michael Stone said...

Great little story, Catherine.

It reminded me of a little story an elderly neighbour told me about his father serving in the First World War. His dad had to lead a horse and ammo-laden cart across a bog every night, over a makeshift 'bridge' of planks. The weight of the cart would compress the mud and corpses would rise to the surface...

Picture that!

J.C. Tabler said...

As usual, Cate, I stand in pure awe. Congrats, and you cn be sure this story makes my "pimping" list for the rest of the year!

Kimbra Kasch said...

Fun story. I'd think twice before I shot at anyone - or thing - that looked like my Mom.


Katey said...

I loved it. That was truly fun in a truly awful way (the only way worth having.) Fantastic imagery and just... let's just say I agree with Jamie.

And I really want some Ocean Spray.

Fox Lee said...


Cate Gardner said...

Thanks for reading it everyone - much appreciated.

Fox Lee said...


Well, that put me off cranberry juice. ; )

PS: I submitted to Allegory last night. Small world!

Cate Gardner said...

Hope you story makes it into the January issue. Fingers crossed.

Anonymous said...

Nicely done! Short but sweet... you know, like berries. :)